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Introducing Vasto

On Abruzzo's southern coast, the hilltop town of Vasto has an atmospheric medieval quarter and superb sea views. Much of the centro storico dates from the 15th century, a golden period in which the city was known as 'the Athens of the Abruzzi'; it is also distinguished as the birthplace of the poet Gabriele Rossetti.

Two kilometres downhill is the blowzy resort of Vasto Marina, a strip of hotels, restaurants and camp grounds fronting a long sandy beach. About 5km further north along the coast is the beautiful Spiaggia di Punta Penna and the Riserva Naturale di Punta Aderci, a 285-hectare area of uncontaminated rocky coastline, ideal for long beach walks, swimming and diving.